J Street News Roundup 5/6/2014

May 6th, 2014

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J Street Marks Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, J Street

Wishing Israelis a meaningful Memorial Day and a happy Independence Day, J Street said, let us rededicate ourselves to the hard work still yet to be done, to end the conflict that began many decades ago and to secure the dream for generations to come.


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Peres' Independence Day message: Israel must work hard to make peace with its neighbors, Haaretz

In his last public greeting as president, Shimon Peres called on Israelis to "be proud, but never satisfied" and to make peace with their neighbors. Peres warned his listeners from becoming complacent. "Our task is not over,” he said. “To pursue peace is a Jewish value, and we have to achieve it in our time.”



US denies report that peace team has been dismantled, AFP

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf dismissed reports that Secretary of State Kerry had decided to dismantle his Middle East peace team, adding that US officials will return to Israel “soon.” She did confirm that Kerry was mulling whether to release a document laying out some of the principles reached during the nine months of talks, although no decision had been made.


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Hamas releases 6 Fatah prisoners as part of unity deal, Reuters

Hamas said it freed six Fatah prisoners on Monday as part of a Palestinian unity pact signed two weeks ago. The move came as President Abbas met exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshal in the Qatari capital Doha, for their first talks since the groups agreed to soon form a unity government and hold elections.



Erekat: Sides discussed borders before talks failed, Times of Israel

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were discussing the future borders of a Palestinian state when Prime Minister Netanyahu called off the peace talks two weeks ago.



Iran moves to meet May 15 deadline in UN nuclear deal, Reuters

UN atomic agency officials held talks in Tehran on Monday before visits to two uranium sites, as Iran acts to implement a series of steps aimed at providing transparency on its nuclear research by a mid-May deadline.



Iran foreign minister: I won’t allow official Holocaust denial, Times of Israel

Hard-line lawmakers have grilled Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tehran’s step-back from past policies of denying the Holocaust. Zarif said that as long as he is foreign minister he will not allow Iran’s reputation to be damaged with statements about the “Holocaust denial.”


Opinion and Analysis


The Right Way to Press Iran, The New York Times

Kenneth Pollack argues that in negotiations with Iran, “the Obama administration should focus on three other factors: conducting intrusive inspections, designing a mechanism to easily reimpose sanctions if Iran cheats, and extending the duration of the agreement.”



On Independence Day, Netanyahu caves to right wing, Al-Monitor

According to Mazal Mualem, “Netanyahu is prepared to gamble on the democratic nature of the State of Israel to stay in office and reap political benefits.’